6.27 – Taxes & Waste, and HausGuest Heather MacDonald

To start out, these were my two favorite Tweets from the weekend, courtesy of the PRIDE! parade in New York City over the weekend:

Listen to the entire show here (with a bonus extra 4 minutes – because my HausGuest Heather MacDonald was SO on point):

HausGuest – Heather MacDonald

It was SUCH a privilege to have Heather on the show this morning, on the phone mid-trainride from a television appearance done over the weekend.

Despite her expertise and insight on MYRIAD issues, we restrained our conversation to issues covered in her brand new sure-to-be-a-bestseller book:WarOnCopsCover

Note the blurb on the cover – from my very favorite living economist/genius/thinker Thomas Sowell: “This is a book that can save lives.”

Here’s book’s summary:

The War on Cops exposes the truth about officer use of force and explodes the conceit of “mass incarceration.” A rigorous analysis of data shows that crime, not race, drives police actions and prison rates. The growth of proactive policing in the 1990s, along with lengthened sentences for violent crime, saved thousands of minority lives. In fact, Mac Donald argues, no government agency is more dedicated to the proposition that “black lives matter” than today’s data-driven, accountable police department.

Mac Donald gives voice to the many residents of high-crime neighborhoods who want proactive policing. She warns that race-based attacks on the criminal-justice system, from the White House on down, are eroding the authority of law and putting lives at risk. This book is a call for a more honest and informed debate about policing, crime, and race.

Shorter: criminals are responsible for high crime and incarceration rates; law enforcement is being improperly blamed.

One of the topics we covered was that of “broken window” policing – proactive activities by law enforcement specifically designed to confront smaller/nuisance-type activities and crimes in order to reduce more egregious violations. Typically, communities welcome this as the positive impacts are immediate and significant. Opponents, however, focus on the disparate impact mathematics and falsely cry “RACISM!!!” in response. As a result, some police have pulled back on these actions, having negative consequences for the neighborhoods.

An excerpt from the book on this subject was published here:Screen Shot 2016-06-26 at 8.32.25 AM

As you will hear, it was an incredibly interesting – and important – topic and conversation.

One comment from a listener in the chat room:

“Michael can you please thank her for writing this book from me, a retired cop. My brothers and sisters appreciate it tremendously. We all feel so very forsaken often.”

Other Topics

  1. There’s a new glass slide on a skyscraper in downtown Los Angeles and I cannot WAIT to check it out: Skyslide
  2. House Republicans are trying to redo the tax code – to make possible a card-sized income tax return
  3. A Tax Foundation study showed that despite a significant increase in tax rates on the wealthy from 2008 to 2013, the actual dollars paid didn’t change
  4. Entertainment news: The Federal Government is spending $1.25 million for a 26 episode run of a cartoon series. In Pakistan. To promote security and stability within the country.
  5. My least-favorite headline that I saw over the weekend:Screen Shot 2016-06-27 at 8.59.37 AM

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